FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 4, 2006

 

The 2006 Little East Conference Softball Tournament

The Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex at Rhode Island College

Providence, RI

 

Game One

 

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UMass Dartmouth (14-12-1)

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Rhode Island College (30-8-1)

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Top-Seeded RIC Advances With, 7-1, Win
Bilek & Lyons Notch Three Hits; Riley Shuts Down Corsairs

Providence, RIóTop-seeded Rhode Island College defeated sixth-seeded UMass Dartmouth, 7-1, in the opening game of the 2006 Little East Conference Softball Tournament.

 

RIC got on the board early with two runs in the bottom of the first. Anchorwoman junior catcher Kristyn Alexander (East Wareham, MA) and sophomore third baseman Krystal Bilek (Fitchburg, MA) each drove in runs with a pair of RBI singles. The Corsairs answered back in the top of the second inning as junior first baseman Shannon Allberry (Attleboro, MA) led off with a homer, cutting the RIC lead to one, 2-1.

 

The Anchorwomen extended their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the third inning as senior center fielder Megan Ponte (Wakefield, RI) tripled home freshman designated player Justine Burgess (Uxbridge, MA), who had walked, and junior pitcher Nicole Riley (North Providence, RI) singled Ponte home. On the mound, Riley kept the Corsairs at bay, closing out the game allowing just one run on six hits. Riley struck out seven en route to her 21st (21-2) win of the season.

 

Rhode Island College senior second baseman Casie Lyons (Hudson, MA) and Bilek each recorded three hits. The Anchorwomen pounded out 16 hits against two UMass Dartmouth pitchers. Freshman Brittany Kannan (Methuen, MA) started the game, going just one inning and giving up two runs on five hits to take the loss (8-8). Freshman Amie Nickerson (Wrentham, MA) relieved Kannan in the second inning and gave up five runs on 11 hits in five innings of work.

 

With the win, Rhode Island College improves to 30-8-1 overall and advances to play fourth-seeded Western Connecticut tomorrow at 10 a.m. UMass Dartmouth falls to 14-12-1 overall and will play at 4 p.m. this afternoon against second-seeded Eastern Connecticut.

 

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